Youth Engagement

Opportunities for Solano High School Youth

Sustainable Solano has grown our youth engagement across our various programs, including new Fellowships and internship opportunities for Solano high school students. This page outlines the upcoming opportunities and training sessions.

High school students must participate in one of the certification sessions offered in-person or online before starting a Sustainable Solano internship. These engaging certification sessions explore environmental challenges at a global, community and individual level, bringing the discussion to bear on youth leadership and engagement around environmental justice. Certification sessions are free to attend and open to any Solano high school student, and are listed on the right side of the page. Students can attend a certification session even if they are not ready to apply for an internship.

After participating in an internship, students are invited to join the Youth Leadership Council to connect with other students and continue shaping outreach within their communities.

Students interested in internships should fill out this application form.

Questions? Contact Allison Nagel at

Scroll down or use the links below to learn more about each internship opportunity.

Community Resilience

Urban Ag & Gardens

Youth Cooking/Local Food

Community Resilience

Suisun Climate Change Education Internship

Location: Suisun City
Commitment: 4 weeks summer 2023
Stipend: $150
Application deadline: Applications are open now!

Interns will learn about the ways in which climate change, specifically flooding, will impact Suisun City and then help to conduct outreach and create media to spread awareness and education around the issue. Some of the responsibilities of the internship include: leading Suisun residents on flood-focused walking tours of the Suisun marina, helping to record/conduct interviews with residents and local officials, and creating flyers/posters to engage the community.

There are three openings available for the internship, and applications will be open until the spots filled. Interns will have a time commitment of 2-3 hours per week and will receive a stipend of $150 for their participation. Open to all Solano County high school and college students.

Apply here

Youth Air Protectors

Location: Fairfield
Commitment: 20 weeks starting April 5
Stipend: $150 monthly
Application deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but will close once the cohort begins

Air Protectors will research the air quality challenges for their communities, create outreach campaigns and support community-based projects centered around air quality, including air sensor installation and air quality mitigation projects. This cohort of the Youth Air Protectors will primarily focus on assessing intersections and connecting with residents for a community intersection project, leading sustainability walks, and helping to conduct outreach for the creation of a community action plan. Additionally, participants will help to conduct general outreach regarding air quality issues in Fairfield and will help to lead a sidewalk beautification project.

Weekly meetings will rotate between in-person at the Fairfield Civic Center Library and online. Meetings are 5-6 pm Wednesdays and start April 5.
(This program includes the certification material as part of the schedule.)

Apply here

Urban Ag & Gardens

Sustainable Garden Internships

Location: Vallejo
Commitment: 8 weeks starting April 6
Stipend: $150 monthly
Application deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but will close on April 1

Interns will learn basic permaculture principles with an emphasis on waterwise gardening, and engage with community members to increase the impact of Vallejo’s community gardens. They will cultivate connections with each other and the land, and help with community garden maintenance. Priority will be given to Vallejo residents, but applications are open to all Solano County high school students.

Apply here

Youth Cooking/Local Food

Local Food Cooking & Outreach Internships

Location: Various locations throughout the county
Commitment: 8 weeks (The next session start date will be announced in late May)
Stipend: $150 monthly
Application deadline: Applications are open

Interns will learn about the larger local food system, Solano farmers operating within that
system, and how to prepare healthy, seasonal produce. They will learn how to teach others about Solano-grown specialty crops (fruit, vegetables, nuts and herbs). They will design a creative message about specialty crops that will be shared with young audiences and the wider public, and teach one or two simple classes to either their peers or a younger audience.

Apply here

Certification Sessions

High school students must participate in one of Sustainable Solano’s free certification sessions to particpate in an internship. Certification sessions are offered in-person and online.

During certification, students will participate in Pachamama Alliance’s Awakening the Dreamer course and reflect on their vision for the world through a collage-art project, explore One Planet Living principles as a sustainability framework and approach to shaping personal action plans, and learn how to research environmental challenges within their communities.

Join us for the next online certification in August! (dates and registration link to come)

Online internships are done in two parts. Participants must attend both sessions and there is independent work that needs to be done before each meeting.


Want to participate in a certification session but have a schedule conflict? Reach out to Allison Nagel at 


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